Zanzibar, Ras Nungwe
. . spice island, where the sea meets the sky
DATES: Available upon request
PRICE: Availabe upon request
STANDARD PACKAGE: Return international flights and transfers, 7 nights accommodation in standard cottage, breakfast, lunch & dinner, 10 day dives
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Mnarani Beach Cottages is a small, intimate lodge on the quieter flank of the Nungwi Peninsula on Zanzibar’s North Coast. Our 27 rooms, set in a beautiful garden by the sea, are all en-suite with a/c, fans, safes and lovely spacious verandahs.
It offers a range of accommodation for the discerning traveller, from the small, cozy Standard Cottages to well appointed Deluxe Rooms, romantic honeymoon accommodation and 4 apartments suitable for families and groups.
Mnarani Beach Cottages is owned and run by Nassor Ali, a friendly Zanzibari entrepreneur and himself a seasoned traveler. He and his dedicated team will go all the way to make you stay relaxing, enjoyable and memorable.
* 7 Nights accommodation - room type to be specified
* Breakfasts, lunch and dinner
* Return flights: Johannesburg / Zanzibar International Airport / Johannesburg
* Return transfers by road or boat
* 10 day dives including cylinder and weights
* Personal expenses and gratuities
* Park Fees
* Dive & Travel insurance
Mnarani Beach Cottages are set atop a cove on the beautiful beach of Nungwi in the very North of Zanzibar Island (Unguja). Its proximity to Mnemba Atoll makes it one of the best spots for snorkeling, game fishing and diving. Nungwi these days has a reputation as being a bit of a party place, but even though we are only a 10 minutes’ walk (or a short taxi ride) away from the center of the action, you will find our surroundings peaceful and private. Although the number of travellers who come to explore the North Coast of Zanzibar has increased a lot in recent years, the village of Nungwi has retained its traditions and values. Most of its people still live off the sea or are doing small scale business. Zanzibarians are generally very friendly and welcoming, and to venture out of the hotel premises and gain some insights in everyday life here in Zanzibar is highly recommended. Despite all its natural beauty and the available creature comforts, Zanzibar’s infrastructure is not as developed as we would like it to be – it’s still rural Africa -, so we have to deal with the occasional shortcomings, but we will do our very best to make sure you won’t even notice.
A one hour’s drive from Zanzibar Town or the airport on a good road will bring you here. We gladly arrange for you to be met on arrival in Zanzibar or picked up at any other hotel. Divers will appreciate the close proximity to the Mnemba Atoll. Nungwi is the most beautiful beach on the island – and because it can only accommodate 54 guests, even in high season, you’ll be guaranteed a peaceful, crowd-free beach for perfect relaxation.
Fisherman House was built with the idea of creating comfortable accommodation for our guests who travel with a big family or in a group. It is set in a tropical garden, only 50 meters from the beach. There are two apartments, one with two bedrooms and another with three bedrooms. Each room has its private bathroom en suite, as well as air conditioning, fan and safe deposit box, and, at 16 square meters, they are all big enough to add an extra bed if required.
There are twelve Standard Cottages, which are arranged in pairs. They are small, but comfortable, and equipped with all the essentials: en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, fans, mosquito nets, safe deposit box and lovely spacious verandahs. Eight are located along the sea front with views of the ocean, and four are within the lush calm of our tropical garden.
Mahaba Cottage is the romantic honeymoon accommodation, located in a private part of the hotel with its own garden and access to the beach. 'Mahaba' means romance in Swahili and this cottage is definitely romantic. Decorated in the local style with wooden floors and walls lined with traditional woven palm fronds. It is self-contained, with kitchen area (inc. fridge) and bathroom, with an open-plan design on the ground floor for sitting and relaxing, and an airy sleeping area upstairs for two people. It also has a spacious balcony, which overlooks the ocean and where sunrise can be viewed. An attractive garden fronts the cottage. To add to the comfort of this special cottage, there is also a CD player, hammock, and Arabic cushions for relaxing.
There are four “Superior Rooms”, that are perfect for guests who like some extra space and comfort, and families with smaller children. Each room has an open plan ground floor with a sitting area (where an extra bed can be added), bathroom and kitchenette with fridge and coffee/tea making facilities, whilst on the first floor mezzanine is the sleeping area with a large double bed.
The cottages are decorated in local style, using furniture designed from refashioned ngalawas and dhows (the traditional sailing boats on the Swahili Coast). The spacious balconies on both floors offer you unimpeded views of spectacular sunrises over the Indian Ocean.
Each room opens onto a beautiful large wooden verandah or balcony where you can enjoy the sunrise in the morning, relaxation in the afternoon, and starry skies at night. For those wanting to share their holiday experience with family or friends, the ground floor rooms (Pemba, Unguja, Mnemba and Misali) offer the option of joining rooms for groups, as well as direct access to the sun deck and the beach.
The first floor rooms (Tumbatu, Kojani, Bawe and Chumbe) boast the same large space, with balconies looking out over the Indian Ocean.
The two top floor rooms, “Sunrise” and “Sunset” with their more private setting are specially designed for honeymoon couples. The bedrooms open onto a balcony with breathtaking views: you can watch traditional dhows sailing past in the stunning turquoise and azure waters of the Indian Ocean from your hammock!
And if you still want something more, climb up to our roof top terrace to take in the spectacular 360 degree view over the whole Northern part of the island and at a million sparkling stars at night.
In Zanzibar seafood is a must – and the restaurant reflects this. Fish is freshly caught every morning, and comes tfrom the local fish market or direct from local fishermen. It is prepared in traditional Swahili style, and served in the open air.
There is also a small bar at one side of the lodge. It’s a great place to relax in the evenings and learn to play bao, a traditional game here in Zanzibar - don’t leave Zanzibar without trying a game or two.
Try a sunset cruise on a local sailing dhow this can be a group booking or for honeymooners a romantic way to relax before dinner.
DIVING RAS NUNGWE
Overwhelming numbers of tropical fish proliferate on the coral gardens that form a lagoon around Ras Nungwi. The majestic whale shark migrates past this area twice a year and humpback whales sometimes breach right alongside the beach areas. Dolphins are permanent residents often accompanying boat trips, jumping and diving with their young. The secluded beach at Ras Nungwi is also popular with turtles who return year after year to hatch their young. Nearby Mnemba Atoll has been declared a marine conservation area and offers a unique opportunity for both divers and snorkellers to experience the best of Zanzibar’s underwater world. With warm tropical waters and visibility often over thirty metres, Ras Nungwi is the perfect diving destination, with plenty to excite professionals and beginners alike. Dives are conducted daily, frequenting over twenty stunning sites.
Nungwi, Zanzibar - Featured Dive Site: Leven Banks
Leven Banks: Probably the most remote dive site. Zanzibar is small in the distance, and all you see is water. You do a backward roll, and as you descend into the clear blue water this spectacular reef appears before you. It is a wild dive that keeps taking you back to spectacular undamaged live corals, shadowed by all the prevalent tropical fish.
KENDWA: Open water divers, 12m, coral formations
PEMBA / SUKINA: Experienced divers, 17m, small reefs, densly populated with fish
NANKERVILLE: Experienced divers, 15m, game fish, reef sharks, large coral formations, crayfish, reef fish
HUNGA: Experienced divers, 12-18m, barracuda, batfish, crocodile fish, blue spotted stingrays, unicorn fish
HOME REEF: Beginner divers, 12m, sand & coral formations
LEVEN BANK: Experienced divers, 18-30m, clusters of coral, game fish, tuna, wrasse, moray eels, king fish, travally
CHAKATUNI: Open water divers, 8-18m, blue spotted rays, lobsters, reef covered in hard & soft coral
AMETATU: open water divers, 14m, coral rocks
MBWANGANA: Experienced divers, 10-20m, rays, morays, sheet coral, snake eels, emperor angel fish, reef sharks
HAJI: Beginner divers, 8-18m, hard & soft coral with sponges
KATCHAFI: Experienced divers, 8-16m, wrasse, snapper, morays, rays, turtle, variety of coral formations
MASALI: Experienced divers, 30m, staghorn coral, guitar sharks
Mnemba Atoll, Zanzibar - featured Dive Site: Aquarium
Aquarium: Diving the Aquarium off Mnemba Atoll is always a treat as you never quite know what you will find. The visibility can be a stunning 40 mtrs. if you time the dive on an incoming tide. What makes Mnemba Atoll different to diving from town is the amount of schooling fish, from Striped Snapper, Surgeon Fish and up to ten green Turtles can be seen on one dive. If you look hard enough you will find the masters of disguise the Frog Fish who camouflage themselves so that they are not seen by predators. This dive is one not to be missed if you are planning a dive trip to Zanzibar.
LEON'S WALL: Experienced Divers; 35-50m, Wall dive with several caves, variety of coaral fish, snappers, big game fish
WEST BANK: Experienced Divers; 18-40m, Cray fish, reef sharks, rainbow runners
DEEP DRIFT DIVES: Experienced Divers
BIG WALL: Experienced divers, 35-60m, pelagics, rainbow runners, jewfish, yellowfin, manta rays, whale sharks, turtles
DRIFT DIVES: Mid level divers, 20-40m, pelagics, travally, rainbow runners, scorpion fish, stone fish
SMALL WALL: Exprienced divers, 30-60m, overhangs, schools of fish, pelagics, black ribbon tail, sting rays
KITCHWANI: All level divers, 20-40m, Mushroom, honeycomb, brain & staghorn coral, yellow snappers, travally
WATTABOMY: All level divers, 12-25m, rays, eels, nudi branchs, snappers, small reef fish, angel fish, lion fish
AQUARIUM: All level divers, Snappers, turtles, rays, sharks, surgeon fish, moorsih idols, parrot fish, groupers
GROUPERS ROCK: All level divers, 16-25m, Groupers, rays, sharks, turtles
ACTIVITES & FACILITIES
Mnarani offers both full (8hr)and half-day (4hr) fishing trips, carrying a maximum of five people plus crew. Our dhow (local boat) has two outboard engines, GPS and radio equipment, fishfinder, life jackets and first aid kit. Local fish include King Fish, Sail Fish, Blue Marlin and Yellow Fin Tuna. Refreshments are included.
If you love snorkelling, take our full day trip around Mnemba Island, with its amazing coral reef and tropical aquatic life. We have our own dhow, so just climb aboard. You can choose from two favorite snorkeling spots – one in shallow water and one a deeper, One for the more experienced snorkeller. Swim with the dolphins (although their presence can’t be guaranteed) or go for a spot of fishing and catch your own lunch. Don’t worry if you don’t get a bite – we’ll buy from the local fishermen and set up a barbecue on the beautiful white sandy beach.
Mnarani has its own sailing Dhow for you to enjoy the calm of the ocean, the views and colours at sunset have a drink and the cool breeze of the evening, ideal for honeymooners.
KAYAK & FISHING KAYAK
If you’re feeling adventurous, we have double and single kayaks for exploring along the coast and fishing sea kayak for those who want to catch their own evening meal. Life jackets and shoes are provided.
Other activities include wind surfing, surf boarding and a fantastic reef walking tour with a local guide, if tides permit. There’s plenty of play equipment for the kids, too.
Mnarani now offers a spectacular new swimming pool. 56 ft by 28 ft, you can relax sitting by the massage therapy jets in the shallow water or take a morning dive for the more adventurous. Maybe just wind down at the pool side with a cocktail or two. At night our soft lighting allows you to take a swim whilst watching the sun go down listening to the sound of the waves.
Let Bi Morine massage you in to total relaxation, Bi has 13 years experience, she will help you unwind and distress your body using natural oils that she prepares herself. Choose from the essence of lemongrass, coconut oil and many more to take your body to a new level.